There are still summer (and spring!) blooms in my garden which is really inappropriate for a mid-November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (Thank you, Carol for hosting). But what really excites me are the buds revealed on my newly naked star magnolia (Magnolia stellata). This was the first thing I planted after my Z and I bought our house two years one year, 8 months ago* and like our kids (Nino and the kittens) it was a rescue.
The magnolia was offered to me by a co-worker whose parents moved into a new home and rather than keep this stellar shrub, they preferred to junk it and plant a Rose of Sharon instead, no lie. (The horror!) Z and I drove over to Portsmouth to check it out – it was a good 5′ tall, 4′ wide, beautifully shaped and fully budded; we dug it up; tortured it by driving it unwrapped over the Mt. Hope bridge; planted it in terrible soil with little amendment and I proceeded to half forget about it during a drought year. The poor thing. Last year’s buds were pathetic and few and I hated myself for being a terrible gardener/plant slayer. I really thought it was a goner. But it survived. Bloomed even. And now it’s entirely budded up in a promise of spring splendor and I couldn’t be more relieved.
Here is further evidence that plants are forgiving of a lazy gardener:
By sending this GBBD post off to May Dreams Gardens, I am also making a sort of promise to keep writing about my own garden. And that means I’ll have to keep gardening (as if I could ever not have a garden) and maybe even follow through with all the promises I made to myself about the garden when we bought this place. Do you find that blogging about your garden helps you keep your promises?
*time flies but not always as fast as it feels… Hey, maybe I am still 28!